[QODLink]
Europe

Top French lawyer's body found near beach

Olivier Metzner, one of France's best-known lawyers, found dead near his private island in Brittany in apparent suicide.
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2013 08:48
Metzner bought Boedic island in 2010, describing it as 'a magnificent and remarkable place' [AFP]

A suicide letter has been found at the house of a prominent French lawyer found dead near his private island in Brittany.

The body of Olivier Metzner, 63, was located at about 9am on the coast of Boedic, Vannes public prosecutor's office said on Monday.

Rising from a humble background, Metzner scaled the career ladder and came to represent some of the most famous names in France, including rogue trader Jerome Kerviel and Dominique de Villepin, the former prime minister.

In 2010, he defended Panama's Manuel Noriega, who was eventually found guilty of money laundering and was sentenced to seven years in prison in France.

Noriega, who was later extradited to Panama for further crimes, said in a note sent by his eldest daughter that he was "surprised" and "deeply hurt" to learn of the death.

He also dismissed suggestions of suicide, saying the act was "incompatible with [Metzner's] personality".

Antonin Levy, Metzner's associate, told the AP news agency that his colleague's death represented a huge loss to the French bar, calling him a "great lawyer and a fighter".

Georges Kiejman, another of Metzner's colleague, said: "I had strong intellectual admiration for him, but that didn't stop me from thinking - wrongly it seems - that he could perhaps lack some heart and sensitivity."

Metzner bought Boedic island in 2010, describing it as "a magnificent and remarkable place". 

213

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.